Lights, Camera, Accident! Do dash cameras help in car accident claims?
If you search ‘dash cam accidents’ on YouTube, you’ll find countless videos of some serious car accident footage caught by one of these devices. With the car accident rates soaring due to distracted driving, do British Columbians need one?
Do You Need a Dash Camera To Record Motor Vehicle Accidents?
Dash cam usage is becoming increasingly popular to capture and record everything that happens around your car, whether driving or parked. For those who are unfamiliar with it, it’s a small camera you place on your car’s dashboard that records your surroundings as you drive and/or when you’re parked. There are many variations of a dash cam that you can choose from. For example, you can get one that records front and back, one that is motion operated with sound, or one that is collision-proof. They start at round $50 and move upwards to $350.
Although they’re legal to install in British Columbia, according to ICBC dash cameras present a “potential for distraction”. Any electronic device in a vehicle poses some risk, which could be counteractive to the purpose of having one in the first place.
Despite this advice, interest is growing amongst B.C. drivers. If you’ve ever returned to your car in the parking lot only to find it dented or scratched, then a dash cam could reveal what happened. This footage would also save you the $300 deductible if the perpetrator were caught. Dash cams will also show the severity of impact and damage in a motor vehicle collision, and thus, the amount of force transferred from the car to the injured persons. This evidence can be an invaluable asset in car accident claims with ICBC.
There’s no doubt that video recording provides you with irrefutable proof in the event of a collision and vandalism to your car. This coupled with the help of car accident lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Contact Michelle Ma, Matt Cleary or Valerie Munn – the car accident team at Klein Lawyers for a free consultation on your motor vehicle accident claim.
Dash Cam Accident – proves distracted driving as cause of crash.
Resources: The Telegraph: Dashboard cameras proving their worth